Business owner displays 'Know your gender' sign in support of House Bill 2

Owner said the sign has run its course and he plans to take it down on Friday (Photo credit: WLOS)

EASLEY, S.C. -- An Upstate business owner showed his support for North Carolina's House Bill 2 with a controversial sign in front of his store on Thursday.

The sign in front of Carolina Carpet and Flooring on Calhoun Memorial Highway in Easley reads 'COMMON SENSE ISN'T SO COMMON KNOW YOUR GENDER.' There is also a reference to several scriptures from the bible -- Romans 3:9-18.

"This ain't about bashing anybody. It's not about discrimination or trying to hurt somebody else," owner Ray Harrison said. "It's about preserving our own rights. If we don't get something done, not only are those rights going to be taken away, but first and second amendment rights are going to be next."

Harrison told News 13 his political leanings were no secret and he had been known locally to advertise them in front of his store.

"I actually supported Donald Trump and we had signs all in our yard here," Harrison said.

Harrison was disappointed, he said, not to see more campaign signs along the highway.

"I don't care who you support, you know, you should come out and support your candidate for whoever it is," Harrison said.

Just like with a campaign sign, Harrison said, he's taking an active role in shaping our community with his HB2 sign -- just like the bible tells him to do in Romans 3:9-18.

"I've got daughters and granddaughters and my wife and we need to know who's going into those restrooms," Harrison said.

According to Harrison, he's not alone.

"I've had absolutely no backlash. I've had people stop by and thank me personally," Harrison said.

Harrison told News 13 he wanted to personally thank North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for signing HB2 into law and hopes other governors will soon follow suit.

As for the HB2 sign in front of his store, he said, it has run its course and he plans to take it down on Friday.

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